CLEARWATER — An upside-down week at the Big East tournament will conclude today, when Notre Dame and Connecticut, the bottom seeds in the eight-team field, meet for the conference title at noon.
Eighth-seeded UConn had gone 4-14 in the regular season against the other seven teams in the Big East field, but the Huskies are 3-0 this week after a tough 2-1 victory against Rutgers. Seventh seed Notre Dame, also 3-0 this week after going 4-11 against the top six in the regular season, defeated Pittsburgh 3-2 in 10 innings.
UConn (33-26) edged the Scarlet Knights, with the deciding run coming in the first inning after a fly was dropped in left, putting a runner at third base who scored on a wild pitch.
Notre Dame (34-23) benefited from five Pitt errors, including two in the bottom of the 10th, and another miscue when a two-out bases-loaded grounder went under the glove of shortstop Eric Oswald, scoring the winning run.
Notre Dame, likely in the NCAA Tournament as an at-large already, swept the three-game season series against UConn.
More baseball: Florida State (44-15) lost its third consecutive game in the ACC tournament in Durham, N.C., falling to Virginia 7-4 in 12 innings. Kenny Towns hit a walkoff three-run home run for the Cavaliers. Bryan Radziewski threw eight shutout innings as Miami (36-23) beat Clemson 7-0 for the Hurricanes' lone victory in pool play. Virginia Tech faces the winner of the late game between North Carolina and North Carolina State in today's final (1 p.m., ESPN2). … In the SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala., top seed Vanderbilt (51-8) defeated Mississippi State 16-8 to set up a meeting in today's final (4:30 p.m., ESPN2) against LSU, which topped Arkansas 3-1.
Meyer regrets way he left UF coaching job
Urban Meyer says he did not want to leave Florida, but he did not have a choice because of serious health concerns.
The sudden departure left a bad taste in the mouths of Gators fans and later left Meyer with a sense of regret with how everything ended in Gainesville.
Meyer, now the Ohio State coach, told CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler that he would still be at Florida if not for health concerns that led to a brief retirement after the 2009 season and his stepping down a year later.
Meyer told CBSSports.com in February 2011 he called UF athletics director Jeremy Foley and told him, "I made a mistake," Meyer recalled.
"I look back now, the way it ended certainly was a regret," Meyer said. "Does that mean it haunts me? Not at all.
"It just wasn't a normal way to move on."
Notre Dame QB leaves: Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled, school spokesman Dennis Brown said. Golson led the Fighting Irish to an undefeated regular season and the national championship game as a sophomore first-year starter. Golson was 187-of-318 passing with 12 touchdown passes and six interceptions for the Irish, who lost 42-14 to Alabama in the BCS title game.
Miami: Senior Dyron Dye has agreed to meet for a third time with NCAA investigators, who want to know why there are discrepancies between what he told them in 2011 and what he wrote in a recent affidavit to support a former Hurricanes assistant coach. Dye's attorney, Darren Heitner, said Saturday that his client stands by what he wrote, which has been obtained by the Associated Press. The NCAA wants to interview Dye as soon it can, even over Memorial Day weekend.
Track and field: Florida had more than a dozen athletes qualify for next month's NCAA Championships, as did USF's Matthew Oneal (triple jump) and Courtney Anderson (high jump) by advancing out of the East preliminaries in Greensboro, N.C. For the Gators the qualifiers were: Jeremy Postin and Kyle Strawn (hammer), Omar Craddock, Marquis Dendy and Ciarra Brewer (triple jump), Marija Vucenovic and Fawn Miller (javelin), Cory McGee and Agata Strausa (1,500), Ugonna Ndu (100 hurdles), Dedric Dukes, Destinee Gause and Darshay Davis (200) and the women's 4x400 and men's 4x100 relays. Florida State's Chelsea Whalen (shot put and javelin), James Harris (high jump), Amanda Winslow and Linden Hall (1,500), Anne Zagre (100 hurdles) and the men's 4x100 relay also made the national meet, June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.
Tennis: Florida junior Stephane Piro and senior Bob van Overbeek were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the NCAA doubles tournament, losing 7-6, 6-4 to No. 4 seeds Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger of Virginia.
Lacrosse: Derek Maltz scored with 19.2 seconds left to give Syracuse a 9-8 come-from-behind win over Denver in the NCAA men's semifinals in Philadelphia. The Orange faces Duke, a 16-14 winner over Cornell, on Monday.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.